Baseball Travels to Eastern Kentucky

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 25, 2013 03:23 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team will travel to Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

WVU (10-13) won two of three last weekend over Texas Tech for its first Big 12 series win. Junior third baseman Ryan Tuntland batted .538 (7-for-13) against Texas Tech with two runs, one double, one home run and four RBIs. He recorded at least two hits in each game and had three of WVU’s four hits in the game three victory.

Junior left fielder Jacob Rice leads the team, batting at a .379 clip with seven doubles, one homer and 11 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Boyd and senior right fielder Brady Wilson are tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 10 apiece, while junior designated hitter Matt Frazer has a team-leading four home runs.

As a team, WVU is batting.293 with 40 doubles, four triples, 11 homers and 33 stolen bases. The pitching staff is carrying a 3.90 ERA and has recorded 122 strikeouts in 203 innings of work.

Eastern Kentucky (5-14) comes into the game with a three-game losing streak after being swept by Belmont last weekend.

The Colonels are batting .268 as a team with 26 doubles, 10 homers and 24 stolen bases, while the pitching staff carries an ERA of 6.57.

Junior catcher Sean Hagen is leading EKU with a .333 batting average, while senior infielder Shaun Ball is batting .293 with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs.

The two teams previously faced off March 5 in Morgantown with WVU winning 2-1. Frazer hit a two-run home run in the third inning to lead the Mountaineers to victory.

WVU holds an 8-3 edge over Eastern Kentucky in the all-time series that began in 1983.